Recently, I’ve had an urge to look at different countries ways of entertainment. From hilarious Japanese game shows, dramatic Hispanic soap operas, and German horror films, each country has a specific form of entertainment that sets it apart from the others. However, the platforms are the same. These shows may be vastly different, but they are viewed through TV screens, and watched by members who are interested. While television is an aggressive commitment to learning about a country’s entertainment system, music is a simple way to immerse yourself into a different culture.
With foreign becoming more and more prevalent, I wanted to explore the fascination that is Korean pop music. And let me tell you, this isn’t just fan girls screaming over their favorite band member.
This is a culture.
If I’m completely honest, I’m not sure where to begin. K-pop has so many different moving parts, and this video can explain it much better than I ever will. While doing my research, and I mean procrastinating my math homework with K-pop videos, I’ve found some true bops, and artists I’ve added to my playlists. While the idea of listening to foreign music seems daunting, it’s not. K-pop tends to mix English and Korean together for bilingual hits, and expands their audience past Korea. In case your still on the fence about K-pop, here are some artists who can make the transition a bit easier, because soon enough, these songs will be on the radio.
BTS is a seven member K-pop group who has become an American phenomenon. From winning Bilboard music awards, to preforming on Ellen, and collaborating with the Chainsmokers, Desiinger, and Steve Aoki, these guys have been dominating fan culture. Their most recent hit “DNA” was performed the American Music Awards, and was the first time a K-pop artist sang.
Neo Culture Technoloy, NCT, is an 18 member boy group from South Korea. Yes, 18. Ranging in ages from 24 to 16, three sub-units, and one of the emerging groups in K-pop, these guys are taking the world by storm. Their album “NCT Empathy 2018” is currently 15th on the world album charts, their 4th on the social charts, and has 11% increase this year in sales. Billboard announced that NCT was the top emerging musical act in the U.S. While the sub-units, NCT U, NCT 127, and NCT Dream, have dominated the charts in Korea, the entire group preforms the leading track of their album, “Black on Black”.
These six girls just debuted, but they already are making waves. From China, Thailand, Tawain, and Korea, this international girl group provides powerful performance unlike the regular “cute” concepts girl groups start off with. Their song “Latata” is one I’ve added to my “pump up” playlist, and you will too.
Twice is what you think of when you think “K-POP”. Their cute concepts and bubble-gum pop sound makes them one of the most popular girl groups in South Korea.
While these four groups are a small tip of a ginormous iceberg. Today, I encourage you to find a K-pop artist that you love. You don’t have to be a massive fan, but simply listening can expand your music taste.